Leonard Lopate, the Peabody and James Beard Award-winning broadcaster, is back on WBAI where he began his radio career. Tune in weekdays from 1-2pm at 99.5fm New York or you can listen to the show live at WBAI.org.
Clara Kann and Devin Shoemaker on cultivating wine on a Brooklyn rooftop
(9/23/21)The streets of Brooklyn may not be considered ideal terrain for cultivating wine grapes, but what about our rooftops? In this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI, Rooftop Reds director of operations Clara Kann and founder Devin Shoemaker join us to discuss their unique approach to winemaking.
Joseph J. Ellis on The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783
(9/22/21) George Washington is said to have remarked that anyone who attempted to provide an accurate account of the American Revolution would be accused of writing fiction. Of course, no one called the uprising from American colonists by that name or referred to the struggle as the Revolutionary War at the time. John Adams insisted that the British were the real revolutionaries, for attempting to impose radical change without the consent of the colonies. In his new book The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning historical scholar Joseph J. Ellis of Mount Holyoke College takes a fresh look at the events between 1773 and 1783, recovering a war more brutal than anything we learned in grade school. Join us for a critical look at the stories we have long told about our origins as a nation in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.
Rachel Boynton on her documentary Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are)
(9/14/21) Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are), the new film by Emmy-nominated director Rachel Boynton (Big Men, Our Brand is Crisis) considers how Americans tell the story of the Civil War and its legacy of slavery and racism. Join us for a look at our own history in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.
Elsa Panciroli on Beasts Before Us: The Untold Story of Mammal Origins and Evolution
(9/13/21) You may think the story of human evolution begins following the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs. Yet, over the last 20 years scientists have made discoveries that have forced them to rethink that narrative. In her new book, Beasts Before Us: The Untold Story of Mammal Origins and Evolution, palaeontologist and the Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Oxford University Elsa Panciroli charts the emergence of mammals from their emergence underwater to their evolution as mostly land-dwelling creatures. Join us for a reconsideration of where we came from in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.
Ada Ferrer of NYU on her new book Cuba: An American History
(9/10/21) In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba. For over five decades, the standoff continued before Barack Obama normalized relations with the island in 2014 only to have the policy reversed by his predecessor. In her new book Cuba: An American History, historian and the Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean History at New York University Ada Ferrer examines the island’s past and its relationship with the United States. Join us for a look at the last 500 years of Cuban history and what it can tell us about the future of diplomacy between the two nations in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.
James Reston Jr. on The Nineteenth Hijacker: A Novel of 9/11
(11/9/21) James Reston Jr. is the author of 18 books ranging from politics to medieval history to science to baseball. In his latest, The Nineteenth Hijacker: A Novel of 9/11, he set out to use fiction as a way of understanding radical Islam and its role in what was a defining moment in the lives of anyone old enough to remember. As the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, join us for a different way of examining the tragic events that changed the world forever in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.
Back and Brilliant
His intelligence and skills are peerless. Leonard Lopate is the among the very best interviewers I’ve encountered. I’m grateful he is on the airwaves
Leonard Lopate always leads an incredible conversation and the hour format allows for the best digressions. The most brilliant scientists, artists, and all manner of interesting guests join him on the show. Enjoy!
How the Mighty Have Fallen
Leonard used to best interviewer I’ve ever heard. Now his show has become a haven for leftist politics. That would be fine if there were some diversity of opinion or even subject. Gone are the interesting artists and authors. In are the politically obsessed woke.